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Scientists discover new dinosaur species called `chicken from hell`

Last Updated: Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 14:51

Zee Media Bureau

Washington: Scientists have discovered a freakish, bird-like species of dinosaur that weighed around 500 pounds and was likely covered in feathers.

The new species discovered is not literally a chicken, or even a bird. It actually is a member of a group of dinosaurs called oviraptorosaurs.
Scientists from Carnegie and Smithsonian museums and the University of Utah have named the the bird-like dinosaur `Anzu wyliei`.

Anzu is the largest oviraptorosaur found in North America and has a crest on its head, a toothless beak, legs like an ostrich and is sharp-clawed.

Oviraptorosaurs are a group of dinosaurs that are closely related to birds and often have strange, cassowary-like crests on their heads.
Anzu with large sharp claws was an omnivore, eating vegetation, small animals and perhaps eggs while living on a wet floodplain.

The full fossil is on display at the Carnegie Museum.

(With Agency inputs)

First Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 09:39

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